38 THE QUEENS COURIER • KIDS & EDUCATION • DECEMBER 27, 2018 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM
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Weprin distributes toys to kids in Richmond Hill after toy drive
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
Assemblyman David Weprin brought
holiday joy and cheer to children on Dec.
19 by hosting the 24th Assembly District’s
5th Annual Holiday Toy Drive.
Weprin distributed hundreds of new
toys and toys in good condition to the
children of the Boys & Girls Club of
Metro Queens at 110-04 Atlantic
Ave. and Heartshare Cuomo First Step
Early Childhood Center at 115-15 101st
Ave in Richmond Hill on Dec. 19, just in
time for the holidays.
Weprin collected toys over the past several
weeks at both of his district offi ces
and at Irwin Altman Middle School
(M.S. 172) in Glen Oaks with the help of
Principal Jeff ery Slivko and the student
community. A majority of the toys were
collected by the students and the rest were
donated by generous constituents across
Assemblyman David I. Weprin, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens Executive Director David Kupecky,
and children stand with their new gifts.
Assemblyman David I. Weprin, Irwin
Altman Middle School 172 Principal
Jeff rey Slivko, and students stand with
Th e annual toy drive was dedicated in
honor of local community member Jason
Weinstein in 2017 aft er his sudden passing
that year. Th e Weinstein family asked
that all donations in honor of their son be
directed to Heartshare Human Services
of New York and the Assemblyman was
inspired by their act of generosity. As
a result, Hundreds of children across
Queens will get a special surprise this holiday
season in memory of Weinstein.
Assemblyman David I. Weprin,
Honorable Judge Jeremy S. Weinstein,
Santa Claus, and Heart Share Staff present
gift s to students.
“I want to thank Principal Jeff ery Slivko,
the students of Irwin Altman Middle
School 172, and all the community members
who found it in their heart to donate
gift s. Each year the toy drive is more successful
than the last and it would not be
possible without kind hearted people of
our community,” said Weprin. “I am sure
that the late Jason Weinstein would be
happy to know that we were able to bring
so many children a little bit of holiday joy
in his honor.”
Assemblyman David I. Weprin, Honorable Judge Jeremy S. Weinstein, Santa Claus, and Heart Share
Staff present gifts to students.
Photos courtesy of Assemblyman David Weprin's offi ce
Assemblyman David I. Weprin, Irwin Altman Middle School 172 Principal Jeff rey Slivko, and students stand with donated toys.